The first migrants to Madagascar and their introduction of plants: linguistic and ethnological evidence

@article{Beaujard2011TheFM,
  title={The first migrants to Madagascar and their introduction of plants: linguistic and ethnological evidence},
  author={Philippe Beaujard},
  journal={Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa},
  year={2011},
  volume={46},
  pages={169 - 189}
}
  • P. Beaujard
  • Published 20 June 2011
  • Geography
  • Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa
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